Listen to a university teacher giving instructions for an assignment to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Be honest,to begin with,I am bad at English,i have been learning English for 8months,believe me,I put stern efforts into my English,but I am still bad .
Subsequently,simultaneously I try to improve my all parts in English,so i need your help,pls how to advance your English,every part is the same ...Writing Essay is my major problem in English,due to the fact that sometimes I even can't understand the meaning of the topic,and it is really arduous to express my ideas about broad and difficult topics..And sometimes,I do not have lots of information about topics,even in my native language,i do not write in English ,nor do I write in my own one..It really undermines my all passion about learning this majestic language..Hope that I will be given advice ..Sincerely yours,Reshad from Azerbaijan..

Hello Reshad,
Many people find it hard to see their progress when they are learning a language. However, if you have been learning for only 8 months then I think you are making impressive progress as your comment was clear and easy for me to understand.
You might find it useful to take our online test to assess your level:
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On that page you'll find answers to many questions which many learners have, including how writing can be improved.
Good luck!
The LearnEnglish Team

i tried to understand “ the trees ” but i couldn’t . So what does it mean ? Tks a lot !

Hello Khuyen
What the professor means is that sending him your essay by email is better for the environment than handing in your essay printed on paper. The idea is that paper is made from trees, and if people don't use paper, that means fewer trees will be cut down to make more paper.
Does that make sense?
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

i got it . Thank you so much ! And i am interested in the professor’s intonation . He’s so strict and humorous

I found very difficult to coincide with other's ideas. For that, for me is very difficult to reference quotes from authors.

We need to have a lot of public and specialized information to write a great essay.